Bogaerts finished with three hits and joined rookie Mookie Betts
by scoring twice for the Red Sox, who took three of four in the
series. Joe Kelly (4-4) overcame a tough start to pick up the win
after allowing four runs on five hits in six innings.
Eric Hosmer launched a three-run homer for the Royals, who fell to
1-6 against the Red Sox this season and dropped 1 1/2 games behind
first-place Detroit in the American League Central. Kansas City also
saw its lead over Seattle dip to a half-game in the race for the
second wild card.
After the Royals claimed the early 4-0 lead, Boston answered in the
third as Bogaerts deposited an 0-1 changeup from Jason Vargas (11-9)
over the wall in left field for a three-run homer. Nava put the Red
Sox ahead in the sixth after jumping on a first-pitch fastball from
Aaron Crow for his fourth homer.
Bogaerts added a sacrifice fly in the seventh as Boston seized an
8-4 lead. Four relievers made the advantage stand up, with Edward
Mujica striking out Lorenzo Cain with the bases loaded in the ninth
to end the game.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Vargas permitted five runs on four hits in 5 1/3
innings to take the loss for Kansas City, which continues its
10-game homestand by opening a three-game series against the Chicago
White Sox. ... Hosmer opened the scoring in the second inning by
sending a 2-0 fastball from Kelly over the wall in center for his
eighth homer and second in three days. ... Boston continues its
10-game road trip when it travels to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
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